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Love Token Bracelet from Yourgreatfinds

Victorian Love Token Bracelet from Yourgreatfinds

Modern world, meet the most romantic accessory, the “love token.”  Love tokens are coins where one side (or sometimes both sides) has been smoothed down and engraved with initials, names, phrases and/or scenes. These were often given to young ladies as “tokens of love” by suitors.  In the late 18th and 19th centuries, love tokens were common. Coins personalized for a sweetheart were given as an expression of love and often as a proposal of marriage.

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Love Token Coin Pendant from LexiandGem

We recently discovered these tokens and have been swept away by their romance.  A by gone era, a love shared between two people, a precious gift that has stood the test of time.  Looking for that special vintage gift – I think you’ve found it!

Spring Fling

Go ahead, have yourself a Spring shopping fling with some local Etsy shops.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  So take a short peruse through these charming gifts for you from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.TESTFeature

Tea Towels – $40.22 CAD
These hand screen printed tea towels are simply amazing.  The screen print is a sound wave which includes the sweet sounds of sizzling bacon and slurping coffee.  Would totally make a great hostess gift!  Check out KemptonJones Etsy shop for more super cool, screen printed housewares.

Invitation Set – $240.00 CAD
Paper lover Laura Velasquez is the owner and graphic designer of the shop Dreams On Paper.  If you are looking for invites or custom graphic work – she is a local artist you won’t want to miss!  Laura is a passionate graphic designer that is not only focused on design and typography – but designs every detail of your mailing process as well.

Hair Comb – $33.52 CAD
Eeep!  This handmade, flapper inspired hair comb is so wicked!  In all of our years, we have never come across curled goose feathers festooned with bats and eyeballs.  So creative and unique.  For more ghoulish hair accessories and rockabilly jewelry be sure to check out Jen’s amazing shop, Koffin Kitten.  

Beaches Bracelet – $62.00 CAD
With it’s carefree attitude, this beautiful bracelet was inspired by the spirit of the Beaches neighborhood of Toronto.  Shop LianaMarieTO is full of handcrafted, timeless pieces that woman of all ages could wear.  Liana’s whimsical jewelry is inspired by popular locations in our beloved Big Smoke.

King T-Shirt – $25.00 CAD
It’s good to be king – king of the wrinkles and the World’s curliest tail!  This super soft, handsome t-shirt is created by shop H.W.B.P., a clothing label based out of Toronto.  The best part about this shop is that you get yourself a cute tee and 10% of your purchase goes to ElderDog charity, a non-profit organization.

Bear Hug – $22.35 CAD
Not much can beat a big, old bear hug.  Shop ZukZuk is filled with bright and beautiful hand drawn prints.  ZukZuk also takes inexpensive framing options into account as most of ZukZuk’s prints work will with Ikea framing options.  ZukZuk also gives back to one of the most important charities out there – $1 from each item sold goes to Amnesty International.

So there you go Toronto!  Local homegrown goodness just for you.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local products that are absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!

Toronto: Found Fortune

FourtuneFound Fortune is a collective of current OCAD U students majoring in jewellery or fiber arts. Established on the premise of handmade goods, the collective offers one of a kind unique gifts of innovative jewellery and hand dyed silk scarves.

Found Fortune is hosting an artisan Pop-Up Event on February 15th and 16th at the vintage store, A Homerun, in Kensington Market.

Drawing from the nostalgic feel of the store, the collective wishes to promote handmade goods as well as the thrill of finding that one of a kind piece that shoppers can add to their collection.

Source:  BlogTO.com 

Make My Heart Sing Toronto

Show your love by shopping local this Valentine’s Day or Toronto might just break up with you.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  So take a short peruse through these charming Valentine’s gifts from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.

Handcrafted Seed Card – $6.84 CAD

Let’s start with the most timeless and most treasured Valentine gift – the classic love letter.  This love letter from Okkudesign is a little different as it is the gift that keeps on giving.  The card is actually made from an all-natural, seed paper.  Being made from seed paper, the love letter will make its most meaningful impact when planted in your garden.  Your lover will see his or her card in the garden year after year.  100% sweet. 

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Handcrafted BFF Keychain – $23.93 CAD

Oh yes, the ultimate best friend gift is coming to you from DreamWillowStudio.  This gives me so many fond memories of my childhood.  Recess wouldn’t be complete without me and my best friend clinking our half hears together.  Now as adults, we can still clink our BFF hearts together with our key rings.  A big bonus is that DreamWillowStudio offers personalization on their items.  100% cute.

Handpainted Acrylic Nails - $20.51 CAD

Handpainted Acrylic Nails – $20.51 CAD

Regardless of hot that lil’ red dress you plan on wearing for V-Day is – you just can’t nail the picture-perfect look without a killer manicure.  Can you think of another major holiday that revolves so much around hand holding?  Kate, a Toronto nail artist, from NailKandy has your paws cover with her handpainted acrylic nails.  They are matte black nails with sexy shimmering red heart tips.  100% hot.

Rose Life Print - $39.89 CAD

Australia Rose Life Print – $39.89 CAD

Roses have come to symbolise love and romance – there’s no question about it.  How about a local alternative to the usual bouquet of roses this Valentines?  This rose print comes from a curious, traveling photographer named Anca.  This limited edition photographic print is inspired from one of her trips to Brisbane, Australia.  This print is guaranteed to inject a fusion of colors and lavish shades into your home.  100% beautiful. 

Appliquéd Pillow - $25.00 CAD

Appliquéd Pillow – $25.00 CAD

Are you absolutely in love with your bed and sofa?  Me too.  This “love” appliquéd pillow is perfect for the hopeless romantic in all of us.  All of Kelsey’s items are handmade with love in Toronto, Ontario.  Her shop is full of textile goods for a warm heart and a beautiful home.  100% quirky.

So there you go Toronto.  Local homegrown goodness for the sweet, the cute, the hot, the beautiful and even the quirky.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local Valentine’s gifts.  Nothing is sexier that buying products absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!